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Queer Mutiny: The Final Chapter
29 July at 21:00 - 30 July at 03:00Bristo Hall (upstairs at the Forest Cafe)

Final Chapter? So at least another 7 QM parties planned then. Maybe, maybe not but it’s the final one in the big hall. What good times we’ve had. what magical nights we’ve danced away, what fluids we’ve had to mop up afterwards. Ah, memories.

Once again it’s to help fund The Forest Cafe’s move. We’ve got Seafield Foxes playing, the Edinburgh Anarcha-Feminist Kollective are showcasing a 20 minute short called Vacation Sluts Meadow and The Fannies will be committing offences against nature. As usual it’s BYOB, there’ll be free food, uninhibited dancing and we’ve even arranged a nice quiet den space for when it’s all too much and you need to have a little lie down. We plan an evening that would give a Daily Mail columnist heart failure (or possibly an erection but let’s not go into that). All we need is you.

Request music here - http://queermutiny.awardsp​ace.com/fmusic.html

Seafield Foxes Myspace - http://www.myspace.com/sea​fieldfoxes
Edinburgh Anarcha-Feminist Kollective - http://edinburghanarchafem​inist.noflag.org.uk/
Vacation Sluts Meadow trailer - http://www.youtube.com/wat​ch?v=pbi-s8U_5jY

NOTHING IS TRUE, EVERYTHING IS PERMITTED,
thank you for not smoking.

Queer Mutiny: The Final Chapter
29 July at 21:00 - 30 July at 03:00
Bristo Hall (upstairs at the Forest Cafe)

Final Chapter? So at least another 7 QM parties planned then. Maybe, maybe not but it’s the final one in the big hall. What good times we’ve had. what magical nights we’ve danced away, what fluids we’ve had to mop up afterwards. Ah, memories.

Once again it’s to help fund The Forest Cafe’s move. We’ve got Seafield Foxes playing, the Edinburgh Anarcha-Feminist Kollective are showcasing a 20 minute short called Vacation Sluts Meadow and The Fannies will be committing offences against nature. As usual it’s BYOB, there’ll be free food, uninhibited dancing and we’ve even arranged a nice quiet den space for when it’s all too much and you need to have a little lie down. We plan an evening that would give a Daily Mail columnist heart failure (or possibly an erection but let’s not go into that). All we need is you.

Request music here - http://queermutiny.awardsp​ace.com/fmusic.html

Seafield Foxes Myspace - http://www.myspace.com/sea​fieldfoxes
Edinburgh Anarcha-Feminist Kollective - http://edinburghanarchafem​inist.noflag.org.uk/
Vacation Sluts Meadow trailer - http://www.youtube.com/wat​ch?v=pbi-s8U_5jY

NOTHING IS TRUE, EVERYTHING IS PERMITTED, thank you for not smoking.

Click Clack Club
21st July, 9pm
presenting music and other performing arts of an experimental nature

featuring:
Unearth (spontaneous song machine)
Graeme Stephen (electric magic / solo guitar)
Trio Velcro (new power trio of sax / tuba / percussion)

Click Clack Club
21st July, 9pm
presenting music and other performing arts of an experimental nature

featuring:
Unearth (spontaneous song machine)
Graeme Stephen (electric magic / solo guitar)
Trio Velcro (new power trio of sax / tuba / percussion)

Do you have anything stored at 3 Bristo Place? If so, you need to clear it out as soon as possible!

Our lease on Bristo Place finishes on Wednesday 31 August. To help make our departure as easy and ordered* as possible, we have to start preparing for it. That means we have to start clearing the building before then.

We are having an action day on Monday 18 July, when we will start binning, gifting or transferring stuff to storage. You need to clear out anything you have in the building by then. If it doesn’t belong to the Forest then I will find a good home for it - either a charity or a deserving individual. I’m sure it won’t come to that and everyone will remove their things but we need to start NOW!

Any help with clearing the building is very much appreciated. Please let me know if you can come to the action day.

Do you have anything stored at 3 Bristo Place? If so, you need to clear it out as soon as possible!

Our lease on Bristo Place finishes on Wednesday 31 August. To help make our departure as easy and ordered* as possible, we have to start preparing for it. That means we have to start clearing the building before then.

We are having an action day on Monday 18 July, when we will start binning, gifting or transferring stuff to storage. You need to clear out anything you have in the building by then. If it doesn’t belong to the Forest then I will find a good home for it - either a charity or a deserving individual. I’m sure it won’t come to that and everyone will remove their things but we need to start NOW!

Any help with clearing the building is very much appreciated. Please let me know if you can come to the action day.

[awry] Psychagaelic Ceilidh!Friday 15th, 8 til late
Upstairs in the Forest Hall, 3 Bristo Place, Edinburgh

…dum! dum! dum! once again [awry] are going to be doing their psychegaelic cèilidh thing upstairs in the Forest hall, woo-hoo!!!

…it’s a fundraiser so entry is by donation and it’s BYOB, so if you’re in edinburgh on the night why not come out and pound the ground with us to some mental bagpiping and wild highland toons! :o)

[awry] Psychagaelic Ceilidh!
Friday 15th, 8 til late
Upstairs in the Forest Hall, 3 Bristo Place, Edinburgh

…dum! dum! dum! once again [awry] are going to be doing their psychegaelic cèilidh thing upstairs in the Forest hall, woo-hoo!!!

…it’s a fundraiser so entry is by donation and it’s BYOB, so if you’re in edinburgh on the night why not come out and pound the ground with us to some mental bagpiping and wild highland toons! :o)

Golden Hour
July 20, 8pm
FREE

Featuring this month:

Words:
Degna stone - The new Newcastle poet rocks up and rocks on!
Amy Burns — A little American Class.
Luke Williams — original, brilliant, inconceivable says Ali Smith.

Music:

Portnawak & The Woo — gypsy folk hop, psychedelic tribal bounce music and organic punk……with the added element of Woo!BenOfficial — electro art performance for which you are all woefully unprepared!

Golden Hour
July 20, 8pm
FREE

Featuring this month:

Words:
Degna stone - The new Newcastle poet rocks up and rocks on!
Amy Burns — A little American Class.
Luke Williams — original, brilliant, inconceivable says Ali Smith.

Music:

Portnawak & The Woo — gypsy folk hop, psychedelic tribal bounce music and organic punk……with the added element of Woo!
BenOfficial — electro art performance for which you are all woefully unprepared!

THE READEASY WRITERS’ GROUP
Thursday 14th July
6-9pm
FOREST CAFÉ ACTION ROOM

WHAT IT IS

Hello aspiring writers! — whether you are a budding poet, novelist,
scriptwriter, or haven’t yetmade up your mind, the Inky Fingers
Writers’ Group is for YOU. We meet to read and talk about each other’s
work in a fun, safe, and constructive environment. It is a unique (and
free) opportunity to get feedback, to experience new writing, and to
hear your work read aloud: and best of all, it is anonymous, so you
can feel completely at ease.

HOW WE WORK

Every month a group of writers meets in the front room of the Forest Café to discuss their work. Each member submits a piece of writing for the group, these are anonymised and printed out, everyone is given one piece to read, and then we take turns reading the piece aloud and giving feedback.

To attend for a session, just drop us an email at inkyfingersedinburgh@gmail.com, with a piece of your writing attached. Any genre, and extracts are certainly allowed, but the limit is about 500 words, so that we’ve time to read them all. Also, please use either .pdf, .odt or .doc (not .docx!) file formats.

Come along on the night, and we will read each piece aloud and chat about it. (Let us know if you’re not going to be able to attend, so that we can make your space available to someone else.) Bring wine! Bring cake! Bring a notepad! Bring your wonderful mind!

Places are limited, so please send your email a few days in advance to make sure you get a space. (Please note also, that only those who have submitted a piece themselves can come – if you want to just come and listen to amazing new writing, then please come to our Open Mic.)

The discussion is really informal, so don’t feel you have to be an authority on literary criticism, or, well, on anything.

WHAT FOLK HAVE SAID

“I have always wanted to attend a group like this to share and get feedback on my work. However, I was always too nervous to share my work with so many other writers at one time. The Inky Fingers method is very good because it allows you to share your work anonymously, while still receiving feedback. I found it to be an excellent experience with lots of good discussion amongst a very nice bunch of people.”

TIME AND PLACE

The second Thursday of every month, 6 – 9pm, in the Action Room of the Forest Café, Bristo Place.

THE READEASY WRITERS’ GROUP Thursday 14th July 6-9pm FOREST CAFÉ ACTION ROOM

WHAT IT IS

Hello aspiring writers! — whether you are a budding poet, novelist, scriptwriter, or haven’t yetmade up your mind, the Inky Fingers Writers’ Group is for YOU. We meet to read and talk about each other’s work in a fun, safe, and constructive environment. It is a unique (and free) opportunity to get feedback, to experience new writing, and to hear your work read aloud: and best of all, it is anonymous, so you can feel completely at ease.

HOW WE WORK

Every month a group of writers meets in the front room of the Forest Café to discuss their work. Each member submits a piece of writing for the group, these are anonymised and printed out, everyone is given one piece to read, and then we take turns reading the piece aloud and giving feedback.

To attend for a session, just drop us an email at inkyfingersedinburgh@gmail.com, with a piece of your writing attached. Any genre, and extracts are certainly allowed, but the limit is about 500 words, so that we’ve time to read them all. Also, please use either .pdf, .odt or .doc (not .docx!) file formats.

Come along on the night, and we will read each piece aloud and chat about it. (Let us know if you’re not going to be able to attend, so that we can make your space available to someone else.) Bring wine! Bring cake! Bring a notepad! Bring your wonderful mind!

Places are limited, so please send your email a few days in advance to make sure you get a space. (Please note also, that only those who have submitted a piece themselves can come – if you want to just come and listen to amazing new writing, then please come to our Open Mic.)

The discussion is really informal, so don’t feel you have to be an authority on literary criticism, or, well, on anything.

WHAT FOLK HAVE SAID

“I have always wanted to attend a group like this to share and get feedback on my work. However, I was always too nervous to share my work with so many other writers at one time. The Inky Fingers method is very good because it allows you to share your work anonymously, while still receiving feedback. I found it to be an excellent experience with lots of good discussion amongst a very nice bunch of people.”

TIME AND PLACE

The second Thursday of every month, 6 – 9pm, in the Action Room of the Forest Café, Bristo Place.

CALLOUT FOR MINIFEST VOLUNTEERS!

Inky Fingers needs you. We’re organising a hugely ambitious minifestival of spoken word at the Forest Café from the 8th to the 13th of August, and we need a team of enthusiastic volunteers to help make it the huge success we know it can be. Jobs will involve helping to

Manage events
Look after performers
Distribute promo
Keep the festival running smoothly
You would need to be available for at least three 5-6 hour shifts between the 8th and the 13th, and for planning / induction meetings on either Sunday 24th or Sunday 31st. Additional help in the run up to the festival would also be welcome.

In return for your work
- You’ll be entitled to a big free meal from Forest each day you work the minifest;
- We can also ply you with alcohol/coffee/drink of your choice;
- You’ll get a guaranteed slot at one of the three Minifest open mics, if you want it;
- You’ll also  get to be part of making an extraordinary and pioneering festival happen. You’ll be right in there at the beginning of a new festival, which is fantastic CV fodder;
- We’ll happily give you a professional reference in the future;
- And we’ll give you a t-shirt! (Really.)

Please apply to inkyfingersedinburgh@gmail.com by midday Sunday 17th July — just tell us a bit about yourself, your experience, why you want to be part of the Minifest, and your schedule / other commitments during the Minifest period.

CALLOUT FOR MINIFEST VOLUNTEERS!

Inky Fingers needs you. We’re organising a hugely ambitious minifestival of spoken word at the Forest Café from the 8th to the 13th of August, and we need a team of enthusiastic volunteers to help make it the huge success we know it can be. Jobs will involve helping to

  • Manage events
  • Look after performers
  • Distribute promo
  • Keep the festival running smoothly

You would need to be available for at least three 5-6 hour shifts between the 8th and the 13th, and for planning / induction meetings on either Sunday 24th or Sunday 31st. Additional help in the run up to the festival would also be welcome.

In return for your work - You’ll be entitled to a big free meal from Forest each day you work the minifest; - We can also ply you with alcohol/coffee/drink of your choice; - You’ll get a guaranteed slot at one of the three Minifest open mics, if you want it; - You’ll also get to be part of making an extraordinary and pioneering festival happen. You’ll be right in there at the beginning of a new festival, which is fantastic CV fodder; - We’ll happily give you a professional reference in the future; - And we’ll give you a t-shirt! (Really.)

Please apply to inkyfingersedinburgh@gmail.com by midday Sunday 17th July — just tell us a bit about yourself, your experience, why you want to be part of the Minifest, and your schedule / other commitments during the Minifest period.

The Forest has announced the first plans for its final Fringe in Bristo Place, filling the building’s three floors with free performances for world class acts and local talent. The self-sufficient community and arts centre is moving to a new home at the end of August but plans to leave its old home in high spirits after an exciting Festival. Highlights include the award-winning Forest Fringe, performances from the Free Belarus Theatre, international poetry stars, plus sights and sounds from around the world.

Eric Liddle
Live at the Forest Cafe
July 8, 7pm

Eric Liddle
Live at the Forest Cafe
July 8, 7pm

A festival of art, politics an action
Midday to Midnight on the 2nd of July
at the Forest Café

Levy Arts PresentsHoward Zinn’s MARX IN SOHO: 7.30pm, 7th & 9th Julyand Wallace Shawn’s THE FEVER: 7.30pm, 8th & 10th July

upstairs at
THE FOREST CAFÉ
3 Bristo Pl., Edinburgh

entry by donation
proceeds to
SAVE THE FOREST

The Forest is immensely excited to be bringing internationally touring actor, activist and sociologist Jerry Levy to Edinburgh for special benefit performances of his two hit shows, Howard Zinn’s “Marx in Soho” and Wallace Shawn’s “The Fever”.

MARX IN SOHO, by Howard Zinn
directed by Michael Fox Kennedy
performed by Jerry Levy

Howard Zinn’s play, “Marx in Soho” portrays the return of Karl Marx. Embedded in some secular afterlife where intellectuals, artists, and radicals are sent, Marx is given permission by the administrative committee to return to Soho London to have his say. But through a bureaucratic mix-up, he winds up in SOHO in New York. From there the audience is given a rare glimpse of a Marx seldom talked about; Marx the man. The play offers an entertaining and thorough introduction to a person who knows little about Marx’s life, while also offering valuable insight to students of his ideas.

Marx in Soho by Howard Zinn (c) Howard Zinn Revocable Trust

THE FEVER, by Wallace Sawn
directed by Thomas Griffin
performed by Jerry Levy

Wallace Shawn’s play, “The Fever” explores what a sensitive, well educated, arts loving and consumption-driven man or woman of any age discovers when his/her life-affirming existence is related to the often brutal suffering of others. In the bathroom of a hotel our “anti-hero” feverishly defends and relentlessly attacks his own way of life. Inner voices and imagined characters fuel his fever as he narrates and often attempts to enact his story.

"The Fever" presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Services Inc.

FOR MORE INFO, REVIEWS AND PRESS SEE 
www.levyarts.com

Levy Arts Presents
Howard Zinn’s MARX IN SOHO: 7.30pm, 7th & 9th July
and Wallace Shawn’s THE FEVER: 7.30pm, 8th & 10th July

upstairs at
THE FOREST CAFÉ
3 Bristo Pl., Edinburgh

entry by donation
proceeds to
SAVE THE FOREST


The Forest is immensely excited to be bringing internationally touring actor, activist and sociologist Jerry Levy to Edinburgh for special benefit performances of his two hit shows, Howard Zinn’s “Marx in Soho” and Wallace Shawn’s “The Fever”.

MARX IN SOHO, by Howard Zinn
directed by Michael Fox Kennedy
performed by Jerry Levy

Howard Zinn’s play, “Marx in Soho” portrays the return of Karl Marx. Embedded in some secular afterlife where intellectuals, artists, and radicals are sent, Marx is given permission by the administrative committee to return to Soho London to have his say. But through a bureaucratic mix-up, he winds up in SOHO in New York. From there the audience is given a rare glimpse of a Marx seldom talked about; Marx the man. The play offers an entertaining and thorough introduction to a person who knows little about Marx’s life, while also offering valuable insight to students of his ideas.

Marx in Soho by Howard Zinn (c) Howard Zinn Revocable Trust

THE FEVER, by Wallace Sawn
directed by Thomas Griffin
performed by Jerry Levy

Wallace Shawn’s play, “The Fever” explores what a sensitive, well educated, arts loving and consumption-driven man or woman of any age discovers when his/her life-affirming existence is related to the often brutal suffering of others. In the bathroom of a hotel our “anti-hero” feverishly defends and relentlessly attacks his own way of life. Inner voices and imagined characters fuel his fever as he narrates and often attempts to enact his story.

"The Fever" presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Services Inc.

FOR MORE INFO, REVIEWS AND PRESS SEE www.levyarts.com

Braw Trails presentsTwo Wings // Arborea // & Long Distance Runner
June 22nd

at The Bristo Hall
Bristo Place, Edinburgh

All-Ages! BYOB! £5!

Overdue: the latest in the ‘Braw Trails’ series, from Braw Gigs and Tracer Trails!

TWO WINGS is the ace new project from Hanna Tuulikki (Nalle, Scatter) and Ben Reynolds (Baby Dee, Trembling Bells), plus Lucy Duncombe and Kenneth Wilson (Trees), Owen Curtis Williams (Benni Hemm Hemm, Rob St John) and Emily Roff (Tracer Trails!). Two Wings were recently described by total legend Daniel Higgs as “for real”. Genre fans, I’m calling this ‘nu wyrd dad rock’… Found yourself listening to Fleetwood Mac much lately? Me too. I think we’re ready for this! Hear tracks from Two Wings’ recently completed album (produced with John Cavanagh of Phosphene / Electroscope) online at http://twowings.bandcamp.com/

Two Wings are visiting Edinburgh as part of a short tour of Scotland with…

ARBOREA, a husband/wife psych-folk duo from Maine who have a new album out on Strange Attractors Audio House. Formed in the summer of 2005 Buck and Shanti Curran create “Low key intimate spellcasting affairs….. the fact that they are a couple might help to explain the seamless organic blending of their music together. Conjuring truly transportational magic out of the simplest ingredients. Their songs might be a hundreds of years old, and there’s little here to lock them into any moment other than forever”. (Dream magazine). Buck plays guitar, slide guitars, bowed strings, flutes, banjo, and vocals. Shanti provides lead vocals, banjo, ukulele, bowed strings, harmonium, and percussion. They are often joined by Helena Espvall on cello. http://arboreamusic.blogspot.com/

Opening this show will be the debut performance of a brand new Edinburgh band with NO NAME! Very little is known about this anonymous quartet, which reportedly comprises members of King Bear, Appendix Out, Giant Tank, The Wee Rogue and Red Death. They’ve been meeting in secret for around two years, and what little recorded evidence has leaked out of those sessions suggests such influences as Codeine, Red House Painters, Galaxie 500, Palace Brothers and Slint. We can’t wait to blow their cover!

Oh hang on, news just in: they’re called Long Distance Runner.

Proceeds from this gig go towards the Save the Forest Campaign.

Save the Forest!

Braw Trails presents
Two Wings // Arborea // & Long Distance Runner
June 22nd

at The Bristo Hall
Bristo Place, Edinburgh

All-Ages! BYOB! £5!

Overdue: the latest in the ‘Braw Trails’ series, from Braw Gigs and Tracer Trails!

TWO WINGS is the ace new project from Hanna Tuulikki (Nalle, Scatter) and Ben Reynolds (Baby Dee, Trembling Bells), plus Lucy Duncombe and Kenneth Wilson (Trees), Owen Curtis Williams (Benni Hemm Hemm, Rob St John) and Emily Roff (Tracer Trails!). Two Wings were recently described by total legend Daniel Higgs as “for real”. Genre fans, I’m calling this ‘nu wyrd dad rock’… Found yourself listening to Fleetwood Mac much lately? Me too. I think we’re ready for this! Hear tracks from Two Wings’ recently completed album (produced with John Cavanagh of Phosphene / Electroscope) online at http://twowings.bandcamp.com/

Two Wings are visiting Edinburgh as part of a short tour of Scotland with…

ARBOREA, a husband/wife psych-folk duo from Maine who have a new album out on Strange Attractors Audio House. Formed in the summer of 2005 Buck and Shanti Curran create “Low key intimate spellcasting affairs….. the fact that they are a couple might help to explain the seamless organic blending of their music together. Conjuring truly transportational magic out of the simplest ingredients. Their songs might be a hundreds of years old, and there’s little here to lock them into any moment other than forever”. (Dream magazine). Buck plays guitar, slide guitars, bowed strings, flutes, banjo, and vocals. Shanti provides lead vocals, banjo, ukulele, bowed strings, harmonium, and percussion. They are often joined by Helena Espvall on cello. http://arboreamusic.blogspot.com/

Opening this show will be the debut performance of a brand new Edinburgh band with NO NAME! Very little is known about this anonymous quartet, which reportedly comprises members of King Bear, Appendix Out, Giant Tank, The Wee Rogue and Red Death. They’ve been meeting in secret for around two years, and what little recorded evidence has leaked out of those sessions suggests such influences as Codeine, Red House Painters, Galaxie 500, Palace Brothers and Slint. We can’t wait to blow their cover!

Oh hang on, news just in: they’re called Long Distance Runner.

Proceeds from this gig go towards the Save the Forest Campaign.

Save the Forest!

Inky Fingers Open Mic Night
28 June, 8-11pm


featuring JANE MCKIE and ALAN BISSETT
and YOU, on our famous open stage

The Inky Fingers Open Mic takes place in the main room of the Forest Café every fourth Tuesday of the month, from 8-11pm. It’s free to come and free for anyone to perform, regardless of style, experience, or identity. It is big and celebratory and welcoming and fun. We want to hear from everybody. We want your poems, your rants, your ballads, your short stories, your diaries, your experimental texts, your heart, your mind, your body. We want the essay on your summer holidays you wrote when you were four, your adolescent haiku, and extracts from your eventually-to-be-completed epic fantasy quadrilogy. We want to hear your best new work as well. And we want people to care about the way words are performed.

Our feature performers this month are award-winning poet and editor Jane McKie, and novelist, playwright, film-maker and performer Alan Bissett.

Open Mic slots are five minutes long; e-mail inkyfingersedinburgh@gmail.com to sign up and be sure of a slot!

Find Inky Fingers online at http://inkyfingersedinburgh.wordpress.com, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=101994993200164, and on Twitter @InkyFingersEdin.

Inky Fingers Open Mic Night
28 June, 8-11pm